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Graduate Information

April 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM

That time you have looked forward to, receiving a degree from Oakland City University, is just a few weeks away.  Graduation Day is May 5, 2012. There are two graduation ceremonies.  The first at 10:00 am will be for the undergraduate students (Main Campus and Dual Credit students).  The second will be at 1:00 pm for the Adult Degree and Graduate students (ASBA, BSBA, MBA, MAT, MDiv, DMin and EDD). In preparation for that event, I need to call your attention to the following items.


Caps and Gowns

All students who participate in the Commencement Program are required to purchase and wear academic caps and gowns.  Caps and Gowns are purchased from our OCU bookstore.  The deadline for ordering them without expedited shipping and late fees is April 16, 2012.  After that date a late charge of $20.00 and an expedited shipping charge will be added to the order. Caps and gowns are ordered through Herff Jones via the OCU website 


Graduation Fee

The graduation fee of $75.00 must be paid in the Business Office before you can receive your diploma.  This is a fee that is charged regardless of your attendance at the ceremony.  The fee covers the expenses of diplomas, diploma covers, honor cords, mailing expenses, programs, etc.


Honors Program (Oakland City Campus).

This program is scheduled to be held in the Johnson Center on April 25, 2012 at 11am.  Awards and recognition will be made in many areas of academic study and social life of the University.  All Oakland City Campus students and their family and friends are urged to be present!  Honors cords will be given at Friday Graduation Rehearsal (Main Campus students) or prior to the Graduation Ceremony on May 5.


President’s Graduate Cookout

The President’s Graduate Cookout will be held at the President’s home, 136 N. Lucretia St., Oakland City, IN on April 26, 2012, at 5pm.  More information will be sent out later or watch for more information on our website


Graduation Practice.

This is a REQUIRED rehearsal for the Commencement Exercise.  It will be held on Friday, May 4 , at 10:00 am sharp!    Oakland City graduates will meet in Johnson Center.   Graduates of the Dual Credit Program, Adult and Extended Learning, and MAT/EDD Graduate candidates are not required to attend practice.  (There is a map of the University enclosed)




University-Wide Alumni Banquet.

The Alumni Association annual banquet will be held in Bower-Suhrheinrich Student Center on Saturday, June 9, 2012.  You will receive more information from the Alumni Relations office or watch for more information on our website.


Commencement Program.

 Commencement will be held in Johnson Center at 10:00 am for Main Campus and Dual Credit students and 1:00 pm for AEL and graduate students, on Saturday, May 5.

Those who complete degrees on or before May 5, are REQUIRED to be present.  Those who graduated in December 2011 are also welcomed to attend.  Those who are August 2012 graduates (those who will finish their work at the end of May term or by August 17th) are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to attend.



Transcripts must be ordered from the Registrar’s Office. Students may go to the OCU website home page, click “forms” at the very bottom of the screen. Select Transcript Request form. Print out the form, complete the form and send it via mail or fax.  No free transcripts are given.  No transcript can be sent without the student’s signature. No transcripts can be electronically sent.  Students requesting transcripts must have a clear account with the Business Office and all exit interviews with the Financial Aid Office completed before a transcript can be sent.


Graduation line-up

May 5, 2012




Clear Day Location                                                               Rainy Day Location

Chapman School of Religious Studies                       Johnson Center Weight Room


Mr. Daniel Dunivan, Dean,-BA, BS, AA, Certificate


School of Arts and Sciences                                       Women’s Dressing Room (north

Kennedy Center  Third Floor                                     side of gym) east end

Dr. Claudine Cutchin, Dean,-BA, BS, AA

                                    Dual Credit Program


School of Education                                                   Women’s Dressing Room (north

Kennedy Center   Second Floor                                 side of gym) west end

Dr. Mary Jo Beauchamp, Dean,-BA, BS, AA


School of Business                                                      Johnson Center, Rm. 210 (upper

Kennedy Center    Lobby                                           level)

Michael Burch, Dean, BS, AS









Graduate Line-up



Clear Day Location                                                               Rainy Day Location


Chapman School of Religious Studies                       Women’s Dressing Room (north side

Chapel                                                                         of gym) east end.

Mr. Daniel Dunivan, Dean,-DMin., MDiv.


School of Education                                                   Women’s Dressing Room (north side


Kennedy Center    First Floor                                     of gym) west end

Dr. Don Royal- MAT

(assisted by Dr. Mary Jo Beauchamp)



Kennedy Center    First Floor Lobby

Dr. Bart McCandless, Director of Ed.D.                    Women’s Dressing Room (north side

                                                                                    of gym) west end.


Adult and Extended Learning                                                Men’s Dressing Room (south side

Associate and Bachelor – Kennedy Center, Second

Floor                                                                            of gym)

Masters  -  Kennedy Center    Third Floor

Mr. Michael Burch, Dean,

(assisted by Dr. Kristie Stewart)


Special Notes:

1.  All incomplete grades, online courses and extension courses must be

     completed and on file in the Office of Academic Affairs by 4:30 p.m. on

     Thursday, May 3, 2012.  For August graduates, by 4:30 on Aug. 17, 2012.


2.  A grade point average of 2.0 is required in order to receive a degree from

     Oakland City University.  (Bachelor-Non-Teaching Degrees must have a 2.3                                 GPA in their major, Teaching Degrees require a 2.75 GPA in their major.

The Master of Business Administration requires a 3.0 GPA; and Master of Art in Teaching degree and the Doctorate of Leadership is a 3.5 GPA)


3.  Those finishing in August should be registered for the May term and/or

     Summer session for the courses in which they are deficient.


4.  ALL OBLIGATIONS to the University (dorm fees, library delinquencies,

     tuition, the graduation fee, etc.)  must be completely satisfied before a diploma

     can be awarded, an official transcript released, or teacher certification secured.

     The Business Office on the main campus is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.      EXIT INTERVIEWS must be completed with the Financial Aid Office also.


                                    5.  ALL DIPLOMAS WILL BE MAILED VIA CERTIFIED MAIL.  Please

                                         allow at least 6 weeks after graduation to receive.



            December 2011 graduates:

                        1.  Be sure to wear your honor cord that you received with your diploma.


                        2.  After President Barber has handed your diploma cover to you, please

                             return it in the specified box as you leave the gym.


Finally, now that I have shared with you the required information, I want to add my word of congratulations and take this opportunity to wish you every success in the years ahead!  We look forward to your contribution in society and I am sure you will represent Oakland City University well in your community.  We seek your continuing interest in OCU as an alumnus.

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